The BEST Episodes of Tyrant

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 30, 2020

Network: FX

Bassam Al-Fayeed or Barry, as he is known to his wife Molly and two children Sammy and Emma,has been living a self imposed exile from his Middle Eastern country called Abbudin for 20 years. Although he is the second son of the ruling president, Bassam has no desire to go back home.

Pax Abuddin

#1 - Pax Abuddin

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 1, 2015

It’s a new dawn in Abuddin, and Jamal’s fate - along with that of the Al-Fayeed family - remains uncertain. Recognizing the situation is ripe for turmoil, Barry encourages Rami to stay and oversee the transition. Leila cooperates with the Arab League, hoping to secure a position for herself and Ahmed in the new world order.

star 8.12
946 votes
Writers: Chris Keyser, Howard Gordon
The Dead and the Living

#2 - The Dead and the Living

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 20, 2016

Barry and Molly employ every means available to prevent a personal tragedy. Fauzi and Daliyah become close through work, emboldening Fauzi to hope for a romantic future. Ahmed makes a dark discovery about Nusrat's past.

star 7.97
1,183 votes
Writers: Christopher Keyser, Howard Gordon
What the World Needs Now

#3 - What the World Needs Now

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 29, 2014

Barry convinces Jamal to meet with exiled opposition leader Sheik Rashid. But when the meeting takes a turn for the worse, Jamal is forced to make a difficult decision that will impact the lives of his family and his country forever.

star 7.88
1,232 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman, Glenn Gordon Caron
Desert Storm

#4 - Desert Storm

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 25, 2015

To secure military support, Barry takes advantage of a sandstorm to overrun the Caliphate’s military base. As the political tide shifts, Leila re-examines her loyalties and makes a bold play in the palace. Molly uses all the resources at her disposal to try and save Barry’s life.

star 7.83
916 votes
Writers: David Fury, Mando Alvarado, Mark Richard
Preventative Medicine

#5 - Preventative Medicine

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 5, 2014

Jamal is terrified to discover that Sheik Rashid may actually survive Jamal's brutal attack, while Amira's disclosure of a twenty year old secret leads Barry to question everything he's ever believed about his father.

star 7.83
1,157 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman
The Other Brother

#6 - The Other Brother

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 21, 2015

Barry decides to stay in Abuddin and make a stand against the Caliphate. Jamal pushes the Chinese diplomat for military support. Sammy discovers that Abdul has been kidnapped by the Caliphate.

star 7.82
920 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: David Fury
Gone Fishing

#7 - Gone Fishing

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 26, 2014

On the verge of betraying and displacing Jamal, Barry receives troublesome news that threatens to destroy everything he's worked so hard for. Meanwhile, Jamal's rising suspicions lead him to question the loyalty of those closest to him.

star 7.81
997 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Chris Keyser, Howard Gordon
Zanjir

#8 - Zanjir

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 18, 2015

Despite having depleted forces, Barry prepares to lead a crucial mission. Fueled by his delusions, Jamal takes extreme action that has far-reaching ramifications. When tragedy strikes close to the palace, Leila realizes the severity of their situation and doubts Jamal’s ability to see them through the storm.

star 7.75
930 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Chris Keyser, Howard Gordon
Hail Mary

#9 - Hail Mary

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 22, 2014

As Jamal prepares to throw down the gauntlet on the thousands of citizens gathered in the Plaza to protest his reign, Barry scrambles to put together a summit in the hopes of avoiding violence and bloodshed.

star 7.72
1,172 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Chris Levinson
Fathers and Sons

#10 - Fathers and Sons

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 4, 2015

Suffering heavy losses, Barry wrestles with the notion that he needs the palace’s support to survive. As paranoia builds within Jamal, he questions where Rami’s loyalty lies. Stricken by Abdul’s death, Sammy plans to give his money to insurgents fighting the Army of the Caliphate.

star 7.71
973 votes
Bedfellows

#11 - Bedfellows

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 17, 2016

Haunted by Emma's death and his failure to kill Ihab, Barry pushes away his closest allies - including Daliyah. Leila leaves the government in protest and forms an unlikely partnership. Cogswell takes radical action against a blackmailer. Ihab forms a connection with Mahdiya, while the Caliphate ramps up plans to invade Abuddin.

star 7.69
1,023 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Daniel Goldfarb
Gaslight

#12 - Gaslight

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 19, 2014

As the plans for the coup continue to take shape, Jamal proves how far he will go to punish those who oppose him, and Barry's relationship with Molly is pushed to the limit after she learns of the repercussions that await their family.

star 7.69
1,122 votes
Writers: Chris Levinson, Nadia Conners, Peter Noah
Inside Men and Outside Women

#13 - Inside Men and Outside Women

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 11, 2015

Increasingly suspicious of those close to him, Jamal believes Khalil is the only person he can trust. Deciding he should no longer hide the truth, Barry reveals to Molly that he’s alive. Hoping to lift Nusrat’s depression, Ahmed asks Nusrat to run away with him. Skeptical of Khalil’s tactical luck, Ihab zeroes in on a traitor in the Caliphate.

star 7.68
934 votes
Writers: Glenn Gordon Caron
The Viper in the Palace

#14 - The Viper in the Palace

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 14, 2015

Molly and Sammy go to Abbudin to address the dispute over his inheritance; Jamal and Tariq's feud over military strategy reaches the point of no return; Barry is afraid his cover will be blown and that those who helped him could be in danger when the Army of the Caliphate arrives.

star 7.68
963 votes
Mark of Cain

#15 - Mark of Cain

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 16, 2015

Barry waits to find out what his punishment will be for a failed coup, Jamal agonizes over the decision whether to execute him.

star 7.67
965 votes
Prayer for our Daughters

#16 - Prayer for our Daughters

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 27, 2016

Barry and Molly respond in wildly different ways to a catastrophe that threatens to throw the country off course. Violent protests break out in Abuddin. Fauzi and Leila launch their political campaigns in earnest while Al-Qadi grapples with his delicate position between Islamic factions.

star 7.65
1,088 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Emmy Grinwis
How to Live

#17 - How to Live

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 31, 2016

Abuddin descends into chaos. Daliyah persuades Fauzi to leave so he can be a voice of dissent, and she takes a public stand against Barry. In an attempt to regain control, Barry gives Maloof authority to shut down Leila’s opposition, and Ahmed joins to pressure his mother to surrender. Cogswell makes a forceful move that puts his career in jeopardy.

star 7.62
1,035 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Addison McQuigg, Anna Fishko, Emmy Grinwis
Enter the Fates

#18 - Enter the Fates

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 23, 2015

Barry is in the desert looking for salvation. Jamal attempts to deal with the loss of his brother.

star 7.61
924 votes
Rock and a Hard Place

#19 - Rock and a Hard Place

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 3, 2016

In the wake of thwarted terrorist attacks, Barry bans open prayer at the University - causing a severe backlash. Al-Qadi speaks out against violence and restriction of religious freedom. Bereft and alone, Barry and Daliyah turn to each other for comfort. Leila’s campaign heats up, alongside her relationship with Cogswell.

star 7.61
1,089 votes
Directors: Deborah Chow
Writers: Anna Fishko
Spring

#20 - Spring

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 6, 2016

With Jamal’s life in danger and Abuddin on the verge of plunging into chaos, Barry steps forward as interim president and sets the stage for democratic elections. Daliyah takes a leading role in the nation, bringing her close to Barry. Swept up in the tides of revenge, army leaders overstep their bounds in securing peace. An American General who shares history with Leila arrives in Abuddin.

star 7.61
1,345 votes
Writers: Christopher Keyser
Ask for the Earth

#21 - Ask for the Earth

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 24, 2016

Molly returns to Abuddin with a hardened resolve to pursue her daughter’s killer. Mahdiya is entrusted with a critical job. Leila and Cogswell relish in a brief escape from the world -- only to find that escape is impossible. Barry is thrown by Molly’s cold determination and haunted by images of the daughter he failed. Stuck between the woman he loves, the woman he loved, and the daughter he lost, Barry takes a hard line with the country.

star 7.58
1,020 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Christopher Keyser
Cockroach

#22 - Cockroach

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 13, 2016

Barry discovers that his hold over Abuddin is tenuous. Sammy embarks on a risky relationship. Ihab's desire for revenge is given an outlet. Fauzi returns to Abuddin and is thrust into a political role. Molly’s routine visit to a military hospital goes awry, spelling terrible consequences for the future of Abuddin.

star 7.57
1,206 votes
Directors: Alex Zakrzewski
Writers: Addison McQuigg
The Awful Grace of God

#23 - The Awful Grace of God

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 28, 2015

Jamal believes that the country is spiraling out of control and wants to see a military victory.

star 7.56
949 votes
Meet the New Boss

#24 - Meet the New Boss

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 12, 2014

Fed up with Jamal's unpredictable and violent nature, Barry conspires to start a coup and remove his brother from office; while at the same time Jamal is so moved by Barry's willingness to do the unthinkable and hasten Sheik Rashid's demise, that he stops at nothing to prove his worth to his brother.

star 7.55
1,141 votes
Writers: David Matthews
Truth and Dignity

#25 - Truth and Dignity

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 10, 2016

Barry's tough policies put Daliyah in grave danger. Al-Qadi enacts a risky plan to broach peace. Fauzi puts his feelings on the line, leaving Daliyah conflicted. As the elections reel out of control, Barry cracks down on the political process. Leila's relationship with Cogswell creates a wedge between her and her sister.

star 7.54
1,009 votes
Writers: Amy Louise Johnson, Kelly Wiles